The Auckland Plan recognises
Te Tiriti o Waitangi/the Treaty of Waitangi in Auckland's past, present, and future. It is the foundation on which local government in Auckland works to deliver Māori aspirations.
Te Tiriti/the Treaty is New Zealand's founding document. Signed in 1840, it is an enduring, living document - its principles recognised in legislation and interpreted by the courts.
It is part of the fabric of New Zealand society. If you would like to find out more about the Treaty including the differences between the Māori and English texts visit the
New Zealand History website.
Auckland Council is a delegate of the Crown exercising powers of local government in Auckland. It has statutory obligations to Māori in order to recognise and respect the Crown's responsibility to take appropriate account of the principles of the Treaty.
The Treaty is articulated in law through an evolving set of principles.
Treaty principles have been expressed and recognised through a range of courts and the Waitangi Tribunal. They are not exhaustive, and it is recognised that other principles may be developed with time.
The following principles are relevant to local government.
They must be considered as a whole rather than separately due to the overlaps and synergies between them.
- active protection
- mutual benefit
- right of development
Te Tiriti/the Treaty is a guide for how Auckland Council fosters more positive and productive relationships with Auckland's
Māori. The approach includes working with
mana whenua through Articles 2 and 3 and Māori residents and ratepayers through Article 3.